Slipknot Announce New Bassist

Former Slipknot guitarist Donnie Steel will be filling in on bass duties for the upcoming gigs.

Slipknot Announce New Bassist
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Since Slipknot's announcement that they would be playing a series of summer shows in the wake of the death of bassist Paul Gray, there has been much fan speculation as to whom Gray's replacement could be. Now, the band has revealed by their official website that former Slipknot guitarist Donnie Steel will be filling in on bass duties for the upcoming gigs. The band's statement is as follows: "For their upcoming shows in 2011, Slipknot has asked Donnie Steele to fill in for Paul Gray on bass. "Donnie, as some may recall, was the original guitar player in Slipknot and had actually reconnected with Paul in recent years... Donnie was in the band at the very beginning, and rather than get an outsider, we thought it would be a fitting tribute to Paul to play with someone from within the family. Donnie was great friends with Paul and we can't think of a better way to celebrate his memory than with someone who was there with us at the very beginning. The eight of us are looking forward to being onstage again and honouring Paul's legacy with our families in Europe and Brazil this summer." As RockAAA reports, Steele played guitar on Slipknot's Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat, but left the band in 1996. He played in Body Pit with other Slipknot members including Paul Gray and death metal outfit Killpact. Speculation abounds as to Slipknot's future after the summer shows. While Joey Jordison alluded to the band continuing beyond the gigs in a recent Kerrang interview, front man Corey Taylor has stated that he doesn't see a new Slipknot record happening in the foreseeable future.

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    Harry_66
    If they don`t come down to Argentina i will kill myself with a teeth brush.
    redisni
    Harry_66 wrote: If they don`t come down to Argentina i will kill myself with a teeth brush.
    If that happens, I hope their flight gets an emergency landing...on SANTIAGO
    Dakkstar
    from what I've heard Slipknot got better with each album, although it was a dismal start, with the exception of mate feed what ever the **** it's called. All Hope is Gone or whatever it's called is their most metal album to date, doesn't have that horrible nu metal vibe. Not that it matters I prefer Stone Sour anyday.
    Offworld92
    This is good to hear. I wish Corey would stop being so hesitant about Slipknot doing anything though. It's obvious that most if not all of the rest of the band want to move forward.
    pantera27
    their record label isnt going to let them stop making music. so just count on them to keep making music
    thebleeding10
    This is good news for the band, it'll be nice to see slipknot playing the summer shows. However, i'm sure that corey will stick to his word! I know what he is feeling but he really should move on, at least for the band's sake.
    bigdeal
    o well Doney and Marie were big once two and look at them know slim fast commercials and dancin with the stars. PS Id rather be an every day joe than dead from and over dose
    bigdeal
    I think problem #2 is the split of talent. I know jim and corey want to keep the songs to themselves so they can get paid for them and not pay the keg bangers as much
    JoeyNOTShaw
    CrackTheSkye wrote: I think Corey just wants out and rather than quitting he's using Paul's death as a way out of the band. I stopped listening to Slipknot when Vol. 3 came out. Not because it was different just because I had grown up. Slipknot was a short lived fad for me. If they would like to carry on that's great and I'll have a listen. If not that's cool too. The only thing I didn't like about Slipknot was it was more of a joke than anything. The masks were cool but the whole let's have all of our friends in the band banging on kegs and trash cans and we'll call them percussionists thing never made sense to me. I just didn't see the point.
    Leave it to a Mastodon fan to make sense of madness. I've always thought the same thing. the band would be JUST FINE (well, would've been) if it was 5 guys.
    blooddrunk
    Soundservant wrote: This is good to hear. I wish Corey would stop being so hesitant about Slipknot doing anything though. It's obvious that most if not all of the rest of the band want to move forward. Exactly what I've been thinking.
    he seems to wanna go off and do the pop music mtv route which is sad. hes in too many bands and there is such a thing as spreading yourself to thinly
    bigdeal
    Its sad I know several members of slipknot when they started they were going to be different and not forget were they came from RIGHT!!! They fell into the same thing as every other rock band on the planet a little stardom and money and the drugs followed what a waist. They dont have roots any more they live all over the country not in Iowa and stone sour was before slipknot just happened slipknot got discovered so what do you think corey wants to do make his band (stone sour) big.
    OctoberWind
    midwesttrendkil wrote: you grew out of a band dude?? you make no sence lol
    Makes perfect sense. I used to like Nickelback when I was 12, but then I turned 13.
    slipknotCX
    Hell Yeah....! Im so Fucking Happy..! Thats a good ****ing new.! I hope That he can play like Paul..! We see you soon..!
    Henkdemachtige
    Harry_66 wrote: If they don`t come down to Argentina i will kill myself with a teeth brush.
    Prepare for a slow death.
    TimmyChilders1
    I love slipknot but i have stopped listening to them because their material is just old to me and i think that one of the useless members should of replaced paul. All the members have their part, but a bassist is more important then a "Trash-can-ist"
    ubertone
    I was honestly really hoping they would just have one of the other members take over bass duties... like, instead of banging on kegs and climbing onto shit and setting each other on fire. I mean I "get it" that's very high energy and shit but now they're getting older... this would make it so they never "replaced" Paul but they still continued on as the same Slipknot family. Meh, Paul was relatively brilliant though, I'm sure if any of those 3-4 worthless members of Slipknot could actually PLAY an instrument they would have already been doing that instead of just playing with their balls on stage.
    MetObsessed
    whaaaaat can't nine guys wearing masks and hittin' on random stuff while playing on downtuned guitars, while the leadsinger is screaming and people on stage are beatin' each other up, be serious - i don't see in any way how this could seem fun... ? I don't think Corey just want's to get out of slipknot, i think he just don't want to make a shitty album (assuming slipknot never did) because much of the writing of Slipknots song and a big part of the arrangements came from Paul. And i don't see the problem with Vol. 3... might not be as dark as the previous albums they made but it has some cool riffs. but so round it all up - i think it's something more emotional, than what people are discussing in here like; greediness, they wan't to quit, etc.
    Christopher S
    The only thing fairly obvious about Coreys statements is that he is a person, an individual, in huge despair regarding Pauls death and his influence in Slipknot. You should not forget who wrote most of the songs, and who was Corey best bud in Slipknot (along with Jim). Of all the members in SlipKnot to pass away, Paul was the most critical. Not that he as a person is worth more than anyone else, but his presence, creativity and participation was worth a whole lot more to Corey than we can debate about. Shit, can't believe I have to explain to you how difficult it can be for someone to lose one of their best friends... geez.
    1000101
    i used to rely on UG for my metal news. i've since moved my attention to metalsucks. more news, sooner, and not obsessed with ozzy osbourne.
    Spl!nTeRgu!tAr
    Smokinjoerules1 wrote: fassw8614 wrote: every album slipknot has produced has been worse than the last, they should really call it quits if they want to leave their legacy on a somewhat high note.wot was wrong with subliminal verses and all hope is gone?
    They were good albums, but they weren't good Slipknot albums
    Spl!nTeRgu!tAr
    I'm going to go ahead and assume Corey will do vocals for Velvet Revolver, and 3 months or so after Slipknot will announce a new singer and album
    Blitzzkreigg
    Ghefly wrote: So did Paul Gray play bass on Mate Feed Kill Repeat? Cos Confessions bassline is insane but I've never head him do basslines like that in any other Slipknot songs.
    The awesome basslines dissappeared when they dropped the funk influences in their music after MFKR.
    strat07
    Salvo416 wrote: next headline.. Slipknot: "We don't really have a new bassist" "Bassist happens to be Corey Taylor." "Corey Taylor decides to stick to singing." "Slipknot break up." "Slipknot still together." etc. etc.
    haha AWESOME SH!T
    JimBonJovi
    /stab wrote: The only thing I want to know if he would were a mask or not...
    Of course he would. Donnie had a mask when he first played with the original band on the 1996 album.
    isabiggles
    MKFR is a brilliant album, They wouldn't play any of those songs but it's good that no one's forgotten about it.
    /stab
    The only thing I want to know if he would were a mask or not...
    AsOneIStand
    Thank God another Slipknot article. I didn't think it was being shoved down our throats enough.
    DesertMetal
    They should add Fieldy from Korn to this band, that way they would have 4 percussionists.
    Gummy132
    This new guy had better be good, because we all know Paul Gray was the best bassist in the world ever.
    brutalbl00d
    Title is very misleading. Most people that read it are gonna think slipknot have a NEW member and are going on without Paul. They are simply using a touring bassist to play shows this year who was originally an old member. However who knows if they may actually get a new bassist as a member... if Donnie is good enough id like to see it happen.
    BillR87
    I say let Taylor leave and go sing his stupid soppy love songs he sucks live anyway slipknot was finished along time before paul died All Hope Is gone is just Taylor doing his stone sour thing he might as well go and be in band that he wants to be in hes just holding the rest of the band back now
    shadowT23
    I don't understand why everyone is giving Corey such a hard time hes lost one of his best friends hes probably confused on what to do i know id be
    scotty9892
    OrganicCage wrote: Duke_Lukem wrote: im ****ing sick of seeing "corey tailor" or "slipknot" on the front page everyday, especially as every headline is a contradiction of the previous headline. I wish these guys would just suck it up or **** off. pretentious pricks. /rant UG only ever reports shit like "SLASH HAS AN OPINION AND THAT IS HUGE NEWS, MOTHERFUCKER!" or this continuing slipknot crap.
    I think its funny to see the **** titles. When you read the article you think to yourself " UG Failed again with picking a quote". But then again they want to get people to read it. Its all about getting people to read it.
    OrganicCage
    Duke_Lukem wrote: im ****ing sick of seeing "corey tailor" or "slipknot" on the front page everyday, especially as every headline is a contradiction of the previous headline. I wish these guys would just suck it up or **** off. pretentious pricks. /rant
    UG only ever reports shit like "SLASH HAS AN OPINION AND THAT IS HUGE NEWS, MOTHERFUCKER!" or this continuing slipknot crap.
    Duke_Lukem
    im ****ing sick of seeing "corey tailor" or "slipknot" on the front page everyday, especially as every headline is a contradiction of the previous headline. I wish these guys would just suck it up or **** off. pretentious pricks. /rant
    Seth Shadows
    OrganicCage wrote: Knucklehead Dyl wrote: why would the guitarist step down when they have two percussionists doing nothing... AND a DJ, AND a dude with a spiky head doing "Samples" What a joke.
    This.
    OrganicCage
    Knucklehead Dyl wrote: why would the guitarist step down when they have two percussionists doing nothing...
    AND a DJ, AND a dude with a spiky head doing "Samples" What a joke.
    Duffaslipknot96
    LOL! Go on Slipknot's Wiki, and click the link to "List of Slipknot members" and it says Donnie Steele left because he was a "Devout Christian"... yer, that's why he's coming back to Slipknot, because "ALL YOUR LIES ARE COMING TRUE. ALL FREEDOM IS LOST. ALL HOPE IS GONE! ...EXCEPT FOR JESUS"
    Chronologo
    JimBonJovi wrote: The band members need to get on the same page. When AC/DC lost Bon Scott suddenly, the band had to decide whether or not to continue shortly thereafter and obviously they did continue. An old example of moving on but oh well.
    Yeah, but they made the right decision hiring Brian Johnson. We have to see if Slipknot chooses the right guy tough I don't like this band.
    Gummy132 wrote: This new guy had better be good, because we all know Paul Gray was the best bassist in the world ever.
    Gray was good, but you sure don't know the definition of "best" don't you?
    Blooddrunk_Moon
    They should have gotten one of the percussionist to play the bass since they have nothing much to do anyway... And still can retain the original line up...
    Draconis93
    Offworld92 wrote: This is good to hear. I wish Corey would stop being so hesitant about Slipknot doing anything though. It's obvious that most if not all of the rest of the band want to move forward.
    Think it's at all possible that corey's saying that just to get people to want a new album, then when everyone loses hope, they make one? idk, just speculation here, don't hate on me for saying that. I think it's sad that Paul had to go, but in my opinion, you honor those that have died by not giving up just because they aren't here anymore. Or maybe a new album won't be a good idea. We will just have to wait and see.
    rocknrolldude43
    Next Hendrix wrote: The dudes in slipknot need to get their shit together before giving updates.
    Damn straight- I totally understand that losing a close friend is tough, but Avenged Sevenfold didn't pull these stunts when the Rev died...
    daadambomb wrote: Slipknot sucks.
    Get out. Now.